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If your public doesn’t vote for you, the rest of Europe won’t either.
The whole of Europe were on the edge their seats tonight as Spain selected their challenger for Eurovision 2017. OK, so I made the first bit up.
Anyway, the Spanish public tied the scores and the juries opted to selected Manel instead of Mirela. Manel will perform Do It For Your Lover at the Grand Final in Kiev.
It’s worth checking out the fanboy reaction to Manel being voted winner by his cronies on the judging panel ahead of Mirela. This is a lesson for Spain to dump the fanboy fandom and start giving power to people qualified to make decisions.
None of the songs in the final were capable of a strong Eurovision result, and Merela’s Contigo could have been selected 10-years prior and still finished in the Son de Sol or Las Ketchup 21st place. Maika probably had the most competent package, but the song, combined with her strong image, would have also struggled to enthuse televoters.
With Manel, Spain does at least have a more relevant sound, albeit desperately under developed and extremely repetitive. The presentation is amateur and I don’t envisage the broadcaster investing vast sums to revamp the song or create a dynamic stage show. Don’t forget, Barei invested a lot of her own money last year. I doubt Manel will be as flushed with cash given his most recent release only made the Spotify viral chart!
As Kylie rightly points out in the comments: “if your public doesn’t vote for you, the rest of Europe won’t either.”
Spain have only hit the top-10 twice since the reintroduction of national juries and both times it was a ballad performed by a big voiced female. Manel will be lucky to escape the bottom-10 with this eminently bland half-a-song.
Can Spain pull out of the bottom six this year?